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April

A work made of color woodcut, with aluminum leaf, on cream laid paper.

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  • A work made of color woodcut, with aluminum leaf, on cream laid paper.

Date:

1930

Artist:

Gustave Baumann
American, 1881-1971

About this artwork

One of Gustave Baumann’s most beloved prints, April displays the artist’s playfulness, as he altered the printed surface with aluminum leaf. To create this seamless effect, Baumann printed the image of the tree first, then added a layer of aluminum leaf, using adhesive in the blank passages. He then brushed away the leaf that had not adhered, revealing the printed image beneath. The softness evoked by the tree in bloom is contrasted with the cool, metallic background.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Gustave Baumann

Title

April

Origin

United States

Date

1930

Medium

Color woodcut, with aluminum leaf, on cream laid paper

Dimensions

330 × 328 mm (image); 432 × 353 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Gustave Baumann as a memorial to Mrs. Coonley Ward

Reference Number

1934.44

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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